Well, image does figure largely in this discussion. So many boarders I see on the slopes seem to be into it just because it's "cool" and they saw it on the X-games. These are the guys who slipslide down the entire slope while I fight the urge to scream "TURN, DAMMIT!!" from the lift. They're also the ones who sit down right in the middle of the trail and commit all other flavors of ski slope faux pas. But then again, there are boarders who are into it purely because ripping turns on the steeps and busting big air is what gets them stoked, image? What's that? The same can also be said for us skiiers. While there are those of us who live for carving long screaming GS turns on Sierra Cement or bombing through the pow, there are those who are into it purely because it fleshes out their bourgeoisie lifestyle. Y'know, the 60-year-old lawyer with hair implants along with his 30 year old wife with her rear-end shrink-wrapped in black stretch pants. Sure, those two could be into it for the same reasons as us ski bums, but how likely is that? There's more than one way to slide down a mountain, but the point at which skiing or snowboarding transcends image is when the individual becomes incredibly passionate about it. No longer does one do it because it's "cool" they do it purely because they love it and maybe because it makes them feel alive.
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1/28/04 at 11:28pm